Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

August 02, 2005 11:47 ET

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Supports Expo Quebec's International Development Plan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - August 2, 2005) - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Minister Andy Mitchell today announced $150,000 in financial assistance to Expo Quebec. With nearly 400,000 visitors and some $30 million in economic benefits each year, Expo Quebec is one of the largest tourism draws in Eastern Canada.

The exhibition brings together 700 animal producers registered in seven province-wide competition categories. A number of promotional activities will also be undertaken including the organization of an international fair and the completion of preparatory steps for the incorporation of the international marketing strategy by the summer of 2006.

"The international marketing strategy for the agricultural component of the event will contribute to the promotion of Canadian livestock in foreign markets and will foster growth of international sales," said Minister Mitchell. "With its focus on excellence, Expo Quebec has everything it takes to become the hub for genetics and trading of Canadian livestock in North America."

The Government of Canada's contribution will also support a Canadian culinary riches and flavours of Thailand project at the Carrefour agroalimentaire, showcasing culinary demonstrations by prominent Canadian chefs from across Canada, as well as by a chef from Thailand. The project demonstrates Expo Quebec's desire to promote the diversity of Canadian agri-food products and will help create special ties between Canadian and foreign chefs.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's financial support is provided through the Canadian Agriculture and Food International (CAFI) Program, which is designed to support Canadian industry facilitating long-term international marketing strategies.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Media Relations
    (613) 759-7972 or 1 (866) 345-7972
    Office of Minister Mitchell
    Elizabeth Whiting
    (613) 759-1059